New Releases For The Week Of July 15th, 2018–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of July 15th, 2018.  I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for this week. Today is the first day of my list.  Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


Calamity at the Continental Club (A Washington Whodunit Book 3) by [Shogan, Colleen J. ]The Mayflower Society is about to hold its annual meeting at Washington D.C.’s swanky gathering place for the elite, the Continental Club. That means Kit Marshall’s upper-crust future in-laws, Buffy and Winston Hollingsworth, are coming for a visit. Annoyed that Kit has not set a date to marry Doug, Buffy wants her to commit to a high society wedding at the club. Kit, though chief of staff for a congresswoman, feels uncomfortable with Buffy and Winston’s crowd. Kit receives an unexpected reprieve in the form of murder. En route to her morning jog, she encounters the corpse of the leader of the Mayflower Society, conservative multimedia tycoon Grayson Bancroft. On the security cameras, no one was seen entering or leaving the club, which means the culprit had to be an overnight guest. Little love was lost on Bancroft, but the police have their prime suspect: Doug’s father. Buffy and Winston, formerly disdainful of Kit’s sleuthing, urge her to investigate. With her future in-laws’ freedom and reputations at stake, Kit sets out once again to solve a murder mystery, this time aided by her fiancé Doug in addition to her friends Meg and Trevor and her dog Clarence. Her search for clues will take her from the club to the Smithsonian Museum, the National Archives, and Mount Vernon.Book 3 of the Washington Whodunit series, which began with Stabbing in the Senate and continued with Homicide in the House.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback









Map Skills Murder (Merry Wrath Mysteries Book 7) by [Langtry, Leslie]From USA Today bestselling author, Leslie Langtry comes the next laugh-out-loud Merry Wrath Mystery…

Summer is moving fast for ex-CIA Agent turned Girl Scout troop leader, Merry Wrath. Wedding plans are underway, with the groom’s twin sisters on a mission to decorate the festivities with taxidermized animals and a full troop of flower girls with terrible taste in dresses.

If that wasn’t enough to deal with, the Girl Scouts dig up a treasure map in Merry’s yard. A century ago, the mysterious axe murder of Mad Mimi and the secret of her missing treasure were never solved. Merry thinks this map could be the key… but unfortunately, the investigation of this cold case—complete with a secret diary, gold bullion, and a llama named Tinkles—yields a modern day murder!

Are these crimes connected? And more importantly—who has an axe to grind with Merry Wrath?

Merry Wrath Mysteries:
Merit Badge Murder – book #1
Mint Cookie Murder – book #2
Scout Camp Mystery – short story in the “Killer Beach Reads” collection
Marshmallow S’More Murder – book #3
Movie Night Murder – book #4
Mud Run Murder – book #5
Fishing Badge Murder – short story in the “Pushing Up Daisies” collection
Motto for Murder – book #6
Map Skills Murder – book #7
Mean Girl Murder – book #8

What critics are saying about Leslie Langtry’s books:

“I laughed so hard I cried on multiple occasions while reading MARSHMALLOW S’MORE MURDER! Girl Scouts, the CIA, and the Yakuza… what could possibly go wrong?”
~ Fresh Fiction

“Darkly funny and wildly over the top, this mystery answers the burning question, ‘Do assassin skills and Girl Scout merit badges mix…”
~ RT BOOKreviews

“Mixing a deadly sense of humor and plenty of sexy sizzle, Leslie Langtry creates a brilliantly original, laughter-rich mix of contemporary romance and suspense.”
~ Chicago Tribune

“Langtry gets the fun started from page one with a myriad of clever details.”
~ Publisher’s Weekly  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle. Paperback









Gideon's Rescue (A Gideon and Sirius Novel Book 4) by [Russell, Alan]The #1 bestselling series featuring detective Michael Gideon and his canine partner, Sirius.

Something wicked his way comes…

LAPD detective Michael Gideon and his German shepherd K-9 partner, Sirius, walked through fire to catch an infamous serial killer, and Gideon is still paying the price with his PTSD fire dreams. To assist the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, Gideon has agreed to monthly prison visits with Ellis Haines, aka the Weatherman. This time, a homicide case the FBI wants Haines to analyze sparks a chilling discovery: A new serial killer has struck, and he’s lacing his crime scenes with hidden messages intended for Haines.

Haines isn’t the only killer whose twisted game Gideon must try to break up. A missing man’s love poems are delivered to his fiancée with the message: So sorry for your loss. And when a sweet pit bull named Emily is rescued after being left for dead, Gideon and Sirius pull out all the stops to try and bring down the dogfighting ring that abused her.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Audiobook








Death on the Strip (Death Card Series Book 1) by [Peck, J.S., Peck, Joan]Thirty-two-year old, Rosalie Bennett, lives in Las Vegas and writes a column for Women Living Well magazine on What’s Hip in Vegas. To make extra money she uses her psychic ability and tarot cards to predict the future for her clients. But when the death card shows up and murders follow, she must use her talents in a whole new way and becomes embroiled in cases to either save people or solve murders.

After the death of her fiancé, she vows to find his killer and make him pay the price. She goes undercover at the Purple Passion Lounge. Things aren’t as simple as they appear causing Rosie to take things into her own hands to save the day. Her silky dog, Sweet Pea, is her sidekick, and her grandmother’s spirit still pops into her life with advice or simple expressions of love — sometimes at the most ill-timed moments.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle









In Witch It All Began (Emberdale Cozy Mystery Book 1) by [Harper, Kali]When Emberdale’s widow winds up dead at the bottom of Astrid’s stairwell, she’s thrown into a world she knows nothing about. From talking cats to thieving shifters, enchantments, and being haunted by Maggie herself, there’s a lot more to their small town than meets the eye starting with the fact Astrid might be a witch.

Along with her good friend Katherine, and Sammy, her recently inherited feline familiar, the three set out to uncover Maggie’s killer before it’s too late. As it turns out, all of Emberdale had a reason to murder the charming woman, including Astrid.

Discovering there’s magic in her blood is bad enough without Detective Lance barging in on her investigations, but it’ll take a lot more than his good looks to stop this witch.

In this paranormal town, can Astrid bring peace to Maggie’s ghost, or is this mystery too much for her to handle?

In Witch It All Began is the first book in a new cozy mystery series complete with a witch who can’t bake, a cat that can talk, and a ghost who’s afraid to walk through walls.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle










Murder on the Ghost Walk (The Monkey's Eyebrow Tea Room Series Book 2) by [Barker, Constance]Who Knew a Ghost Walk Could be Murder?

As resident Mark Twain thrills the ghost walk crowd with stories of the paranormal and long ago murders, he didn’t quite expect a dead body to turn up in the middle of a tour. And Daisy, the chimp hostess of the Monkey’s Eyebrow Tea Room, has learned sign language as well as lip reading. Nothing can go wrong there! And who is the body builder named Pinball and why is he ready to crack skulls?

***Find out as Raine and a colorful cast of characters as they solve The Ghost Walk Murder***

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback









Crisis in the Cotswolds (The Cotswold Mysteries) by [Tope, Rebecca]Thea and Drew have been married for a year and are settled in the village of Broad Campden, but Thea is chafing at the domestic routines she is expected to devote herself to, missing the novelty and adventure that house-sitting used to bring. When a routine burial exposes the secrets of the deceased, Drew finds himself caught in the middle of a family feud, in which he feels he is on the wrong side, and Thea’s inquisitiveness and penchant for solving crimes draws her in too. With another crisis at Drew’s other business leaving him with a profound dilemma and Thea struggling against the charismatic charms of a new man, can their marriage survive this latest Cotswold drama?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover













Cat City (Whiskers in the Dark Book 2) by [Smith, Nick]

In a city run by cats, reporter Julius Kyle picks up the pieces after the events of ‘Milk Treading” – and leaves his comfort zone when his girlfriend is kidnapped. With the Mayor also missing and war looming, Julius ventures beyond the city he knows so well, journeying to a wilderness of feral cats and ravenous rats.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle
















QUILTED TO DIE: A Grace Gabbiano Mystery (Book 4) by [Simas, Ann]QUILTED TO DIE (A Grace Gabbiano Mystery, Book 4) (135,064 words)

The annual Coburg Quilt Show might have gone off without a hitch if not for the body wrapped up in the benefit quilt…

Grace Gabbiano left Seattle PD under a dark cloud, but as a sergeant with Coburg PD, she’s put all that behind her. She certainly doesn’t expect her former lover to come asking for help a year later. Chief Aidan Cruz has a short fuse for bad cops, and he’s certain Mackey falls into that category. When Mackey vanishes without explaining himself, Grace realizes the Seattle “thing” has more to it than anyone imagined.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Aunt Bessie Remembers (An Isle of Man Cozy Mystery Book 18) by [Xarissa, Diana]Aunt Bessie remembers nothing about the party that Elizabeth Quayle insists she invited Bessie to attend.

Elizabeth Cubbon, known as Bessie to nearly everyone, is confident that she would have remembered being invited to take part in a murder mystery evening. After everything she’s been through over the past eighteen months, it doesn’t sound the least bit enjoyable to her.

Aunt Bessie remembers thinking the whole thing was a bad idea.

And when someone at the party ends up dead, it looks as if she was right.

Aunt Bessie remembers as much as she can as she tries to help Inspector John Rockwell work out exactly what happened at Thie yn Traie. But can she remember enough to put a murderer behind bars before he or she kills again?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle


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